Truth be told, it’s not easy to stay positive when you’re discussing the current state of the profession of pharmacy. Getting lost in all of the negatives is just a step or two short of inevitable it seems.
Occasionally though there are glimmers of hope that can get you through the tough times. I’m thankful that I’ve recently received one of those glimmers.
If I’m brutally honest, I’ll tell you that my lack of updating this blog wasn’t simply a need for a break from writing. The truth is I love to write. It’s in my blood like some sort of happy disease.
What I really needed was a break from the subject matter of my musings: the profession of pharmacy. My work stresses and frustrations were building inside me like some sort of terrible mental skyscraper. It was crushing my interest in this blog and my profession.
I guess working long days with all of its associated challenges was getting to be too much. I didn’t want to come home and write about work during my off time. Off time is supposed to be an escape isn’t it?
But I can’t run from the problems this profession faces. And I can’t ignore myself the joys and challenges of writing about them. I just needed a little bit of hope to direct me back to where I thought I needed to go.
As it so happens, hope came to me in the form of a thick first class envelope. The contents inside were a couple of issues of what is known as The Guerrilla Pharmacist. It’s a bold and in your face publication brought to all of us by Jim Plagakis and The Pharmacy Alliance. It’s worth a read for anyone with any involvement in the profession of pharmacy.
I’ve always had a great deal of respect for JP. He’s cared more than most pharmacists ever will and he doesn’t give up. The Guerrilla Pharmacist is a collection of many great writers that have strong opinions regarding the profession of pharmacy.
I’ve read the first two installments of The Guerrilla Pharmacist nearly straight through. The articles are honest and in your face. But considering what we face as pharmacists, someone needs to write to us this way. And if they are brave enough to do it, we need to read those words and take them to heart.
I told my wife about this publication. She turned to me and said “He’s really a one-man machine taking on the big chain pharmacy world isn’t he?”
My response was “yes he is, unless of course he has backup.” She responded “And that’s were you come in right?” Yes indeed, along with a host of others.
There are those of us not satisfied with the status quo. After all, things could be better right? But if you think you can sit back and wait for improvements to simply happen I have bad news for you. You will be waiting your entire career.
That leaves a directive for those of us that care enough to try and impact change. The directive is to stand up and fight. And one way to do that is to support efforts like The Guerrilla Pharmacist and The Pharmacy Alliance.
If the advice and articles I’ve seen in the first two issues are any indication of the future of this publication, it’s worth your time and money to get a subscription for yourself. Support those that are working hard to fight an uphill battle against very big and powerful opponents.
Thanks JP and everyone involved in the production, content creation, and distribution of The Guerrilla Pharmacist. That one piece of mail provided just the right amount of hope I needed to get motivated. And of all places to find true hope, I just had to check my mail. Who would have thought?
The Redheaded Pharmacist